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Hearing Aids

Many people in the UK today require hearing aids or hearing systems, however choosing between the different types and range of prices available can be difficult. The first decision you have to make is whether to get an NHS hearing test or go private. As you would imagine, there are pros and cons to both. The advantage to going the NHS route is of course the cost - its free! Whereas going private generally offers superior service and access to a range of hearing aids through private dispensing company. Amazingly the companies offering private hearing tests are, incredibly, free, just like the NHS tests.



Hearing specialists can provide tailor made solutions which typically the NHS cannot provide, in addition the NHS normally will not be able to dedicate anywhere near as much time to you as a private audiologist can. Normally NHS consultation last in the region of 45 minutes, many
private private audiologists feel this is insufficient in terms of time when it comes to diagnosing and solving hearing problems.


Private dispensers and audiologists work under a strict code of practice, which means that you will always receive the best advice and if you will not benefit from a hearing aid, then private dispenser will tell you this.



Private hearing specialists also have access to a greater range of hearing aids, particularly the most recent discreet hearing aids which you are unlikely to be offered via the NHS. Of course, these "state of the art" hearing systems are certainly not cheap, whereas the NHS hearing aids are free (including the batteries required). Of course many feel uncomfortable with the standard NHS "behind the ear" type hearing aids and prefer to spend the extra money on something rather less intrusive.



Whichever route you choose for your hearing test, make sure that your ears are not blocked with wax as the presence of too much wax in the ear obviously will affect the results of the test, so if excessive wax is noted the hearing test will have to be rescheduled.